The growing power of some providers to win steep payment increases from insurers suggests policy remedies may be needed.

@article{Berenson2012TheGP,
  title={The growing power of some providers to win steep payment increases from insurers suggests policy remedies may be needed.},
  author={Robert A. Berenson and Paul B. Ginsburg and Jon B. Christianson and Tracy Yee},
  journal={Health affairs},
  year={2012},
  volume={31 5},
  pages={973-81}
}
In the constant attention paid to what drives health care costs, only recently has scrutiny been applied to the power that some health care providers, particularly dominant hospital systems, wield to negotiate higher payment rates from insurers. Interviews in twelve US communities indicated that so-called must-have hospital systems and large physician groups--providers that health plans must include in their networks so that they are attractive to employers and consumers--can exert considerable… CONTINUE READING
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